Multi-Family Housing in Marfa, Texas

Sponsor: Design Marfa

Type: Open, international, ideas

Language: English

Eligiblity: The Competition is open to everyone over the age of 18. Architects, architecture graduates, engineers, builders, students, and interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to enter the Competition. A “Design Team” can be comprised of 1 – 4 members. Participants are encouraged to form design teams with a varied composition of experts in any of the fields related to the built environment.

Entrance Fee:

Professional – $150 USD
Residents of Presidio, Brewster and Jeff Davis County, Texas: $100 USD
Student – $50 USD


$1500 USD cash
Speaking slot to present the winning design at Design Marfa’s 2015 Marfa Architecture + Design Symposium in Marfa, Texas with:
• Travel stipend of $800 USD
• 3 nights accommodations during the Symposium weekend (Maximum two rooms)
• Two full symposium passes which include all Symposium events, parties and home tour


Registration Deadline: 3 October 2014

Submission Deadline: 6 October 2014


Gail Peter Borden, RA, AIA, NCARB – Architecture Discipline Head, University of Southern California
Meredith Dreiss – Research Fellow at The Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory
Mike Green, AIA – Mafa Architect
Carlos Jimenez – Architect
Liz Lambert – hotelier
Jenny Moore – Executive Director, Chinati Foundation, Marfa TX
Sharon Odum, AIA – Architect

Design Challenge:

Design Marfa is conducting an international ideas Competition to propose designs for multi-family housing in Marfa, Texas. Currently, Marfa has limited property zoned for multi-family housing. Please see Marfa’s zoning requirements on our Downloads page. As tourism increases in Marfa, the availability of housing for full-time residents has the potential to become even more limited as the attractiveness of vacation rentals and part-time residences remove inventory from the market.

The objectives of the Competition are to:

• Encourage multi-family housing projects
• Consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving the urban environment in Marfa
• Promote dialogue on how to improve the housing shortage
• Encourage city planners and property owners to rethink existing code limitations and potentially rezone appropriate properties for multi-family housing

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